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COVID-19 Boilers and Pressure Vessels​ FAQs

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Is the Department still processing expedited boiler applications and expedited plan reviews?

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The Department is now processing expedited boiler applications and expedited plan reviews.

Is the Department scheduling expedited inspections?

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The Department is now scheduling expedited inspections.

Is the Department still processing boiler applications and plan reviews?

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The Department is accepting applications electronically at boilers@pa.gov. Once an electronic copy is submitted, please mail a paper copy with a check made payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to cover the appropriate fee.

Will an inspector show up to inspect my boiler or pressure vessel if my operating certificate expires?

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Certificate renewal inspections are being performed only by request at this time.  Please contact our Boiler Division resource account at boilers@pa.gov.

Can I get an inspection on my newly installed boiler or vessel?

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Yes, as of May 1, 2020, all construction activities were permitted to restart in accordance with the construction guidance. As a result, all inspections services resumed.

If I have a problem, accident or a concern on a boiler or pressure vessel can I get an inspector to look at it?

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Yes, please contact our Boiler Division resource account at boilers@pa.gov.

Can I get an extension of time on the internal inspection requirement of my power boiler?

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​Yes, please contact our Boiler Division resource account at boilers@pa.gov.

If I have a question about a boiler or pressure vessel, who should I contact?  

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Please contact our Boiler Division Resource Account at boilers@pa.gov

If I have an emergency with a boiler or pressure vessel, who should I contact?  

Is the Department accepting boiler appeals, requests for variances or extensions of time through the Industrial Board?

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Yes, the Department is accepting these requests electronically. Digital submission of the required application and supporting documentation may be submitted to the following monitored resource account: boilers@pa.gov. Once an electronic copy is submitted, please mail a paper copy with a check made payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to cover the appropriate fee.

Have any regulations relating to boilers and unfired pressure vessels been suspended?

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​Yes, the Department has suspended the 15-day timeframe for submitting inspection reports for the duration of the Governor's disaster declaration, although boiler inspectors should submit reports as soon as practicable.

Any questions or concerns may be directed to the following monitored resource account: boilers@pa.gov.

Is the Industrial Board conducting hearings for variances and extensions of time?

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Yes, the Industrial Board is holding hearings. If the building remains inaccessible at the time of the hearing, the meeting will be held by telephone, with all pertinent information being provided for full participation of all affected parties. This information will be posted on our website.